On August 16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called National Guard troops into Ferguson to “ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens.” This call came amid international debate over the militarized police response to protests that were sparked by the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Commentators have questioned why, on top of heavily armed riot teams, the governor needs the National Guard?
Rarely deployed to deal with civilian unrest, in most instances National Guard troops lay sandbags and hand out bottles of water. But as troops turned up in Ferguson on Monday clad in military fatigues and equipped with rifles, they aroused memories of America’s past. Read The Full Story
A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.
When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church.
“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” said Turner. Read The Full Story
Using waste hemp fibers as the starting material, researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors at one thousandth the cost of the more commonly used graphene. The advance could lead to supercapacitors that are both cheaper and able to operate under harsh environmental conditions.
Despite a bad reputation, hemp is a truly remarkable plant. It can be grown on the cheap, requiring very little care even in very cold and dry environments, and has many uses, ranging from construction material to clothing, bioplastics, and even biofuel creation. Read The Full Story
Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry
Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.
A December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll found that 58% of Americans thought that police militarization has gone too far
A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri
So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money. Read The Full Story
The approach is all too familiar, and Joshua James hopes the result will be the same.
James, 33, is walking across the state campaigning for the seat of U.S. senator, which is held by Lamar Alexander.
In 1978, Alexander gained attention when he walked the state while running for governor of Tennessee wearing a red and black flannel shirt.
"He's been in power my entire life, and I have not been represented," James said. "I'm the next generation. ... I've been campaigning since January, hitting up some of the smaller areas waiting to see who I would face after the primary."
James, a conservative independent from Murfreesboro, is one of several independent candidates opposing Alexander, a Republican who is looking for a third term. Gordon Ball, of Knoxville, won the Democratic primary. The general election is Nov. 4. Read The Full Story